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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Today Tuesday March 28

Jonathan Silk's Fragment Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Northern Monkey Brass Band - The Fox, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. 9pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

CD Review: Ehud Asherie - Shuffle Along

Ehud Asherie (piano).
(Review by Lance).
This one swung in from left field! An Israeli pianist in his thirties playing, mainly, forgotten songs from the 1921 musical Shuffle Along isn't what usually lands on the semi-destroyed (by cat) doormat.
Music from 95 years ago that sounds even fresher today than it may have done then!
This is not to denigrate the legendary pianist Eubie Blake who wrote the score nor his co-pilot Noble Sissle who provided the lyrics for the show although this is purely an instrumental take.
Asherie strides across the decades with an almost disregard for genre. Stride, swing, modern - Waller, Tatum, Evans are all part of the mix and, of course, Eubie himself.
Apart from I'm Just Wild About Harry, Asherie plays it in four and then later in three, - take it from me Harry is a good waltzer! the other tunes are unfamiliar but well deserved of being Gasbooked. I'd like to hear vocal versions but, in the meantime, this has got to be one of the year's most enjoyable piano albums.
Gypsy Blues; I'm Just Wild About Harry; Everything Reminds Me of you; I'm Cravin' For That Kind of Love; Bandana Days; I'm Just Wild About Harry (waltz); If You've Never Been Vamped by a Brownskin; Goodnight Angeline; Love Will Find a Way.
Lance.
Release concert @ Mezzrow, NYC, on April 12.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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